first call for votes
The Debian Project Leader election is well underway. The debate is over
has gone out.
If it seems like the process is going faster this year, that's because it
is. Last year a constitutional
to reduce the length of the DPL election process was adopted
by the developers.
There were three candidates nominated for this year's election; Marc
Brockschmidt, Raphaël Hertzog and Steve McIntyre. Information about
this election can be found on this year's vote page.
Steve McIntyre has been a Debian Developer for more than 11 years. During
that time he acquired a wide range of packaging experience, worked on
creating the official CDs (and DVDs) and hosting machines used by Debian.
Steve also served as Assistant Project Leader under Anthony Towns, so he
has some idea of what the job entails. This is not the first time he's run
for DPL either. In addition to this year's
platform, his 2006 and 2007 platforms
are also available.
While Steve has no plans to appoint a DPL team, he is willing to delegate
tasks when appropriate. His goals include improving communications within
the project and improving the workflow, getting people to ask for help when
they need it or to step down when they can't devote enough time to the
In my opinion, a key part of working effectively is honesty. We can all
suffer from a lack of time to do the jobs that we've promised to
do. After all, real life has a nasty habit of intruding on our so-called
"spare" time. So long as we don't let things delay too far, we can cope
and still contribute. But at some point, we need to be more honest with
ourselves and actually admit that we can't continue with the jobs that
we've promised to do. It's a hard thing to do, but in a friendly
community where we're all working together towards a common goal there
should be no shame in asking for help.
Raphaël Hertzog is also no stranger to DPL elections. He ran in 2002 and 2007, in
addition to this year.
Raphaël has proposed a small team of two other individuals (Moritz
Muehlenhoff and Lucas Nussbaum) to help him with the DPL duties. His goals
include making Debian more visible and recruiting more contributors.
While the number of packages in Debian increased a lot since 2001, the
number of active developers stayed the same. We could definitely use more
developers to continue increase the quality of our distribution (teams
with hundreds of bugs are quite common). We made a first step with the
Debian Maintainer proposal, but we can do more. I'm not saying that we
should give upload rights to less skilled people: we don't want to
compromise on quality.
He would also like to improve the core teams such as keyring managers,
NM/DAM, ftpmasters, and the press team. Unofficial services that have
proved useful (mentors.debian.net and backports.org) should be integrated
officially into Debian.
Marc Brockschmidt has been a Debian Developer since 2004 and has been
involved in many parts of Debian since then, including helping with the New
Maintainer process, as an AM to dozens of people, at the NM Frontdesk and
working with the release team. He also helps to manage a network of hosts
used for autobuilding, porting and other Debian-related services.
Improving communications is a popular goal for DPL candidates, but has some
thoughts on that:
Before writing this platform, I had a look at the platforms of the past
years and was amazed that nearly everyone talked about "improving
communication", usually meaning that flaming shouldn't be allowed. I
don't think this is possible - we can hardly replace all involved
developers by cuddly stuffed animals. Good software developers have a
strong opinion about topics dear to their heart, two good developers
usually have two different opinions. Discussion, even bordering on
flames, is OK - as long as it leads to a result.
He would like to see more "Bits from ..." mails on debian-devel-announce
for better internal communication. He would also like to see better
presentation of Debian to outsiders. Like Raphaël, he would like
backports.org to become an official Debian service. Summer of Code has
been useful in bringing together some cool ideas with people who can work
on them. Marc would like to see that wiki page remain active throughout
the year. Marc admits that he doesn't have as much free time as the DPL
will take, and plans to delegate heavily, especially finding others to
present Debian to the rest of the world at conferences.
Voting for these candidates will be open until April 13 and the term
for the new DPL will start soon after, on April 17, 2008.
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